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JD(S) opposes extra power to implement Hyderabad-Karnataka package

Posted on Dec 01, 11:19AM | UNI

The Janata Dal(Secular) today opposed the Governor being given extra power in implementation of special package to Hyderabad-Karnataka under the new amendment to be brought to 371(J) of the constitution.

Speaking to reporters, JD(S) state unit chief H D Kumaraswamy said his party was opposed to this clause in the law after the region gets the special status.

He said the decision of the Union Government to grant supreme power to the Governor will only cripple the statutory power vested by the State Government.

The present amendment in the act will in no way help in development of the region through Union Government fund. On the other hand the state Government will have to release funds from its treasury. "In that case, why Governor should be given power over the funds released by state Government," he asked.

Mr Kumaraswamy claimed that the Governor may act as per the directions of Union Government and there will be no voice for the state Government. "It might also lead to conflict between the Government and bureaucrats as the Governor will consult them instead of the Government machinery," he felt.

He criticised Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar for submitting to the pressure of representatives of people from that region and not pressing for a change in the amendment to suit the state government.